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Bobbsey Twins

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During the time when the Stratemeyer Syndicate was an independent business, the Bobbsey Twins was its longest-running series. It started in 1904 and had new volumes added until the year the Syndicate was sold in 1985.

The Bobbsey Twins series.

In addition to the Deep Sea (Dave Fearless) series, the Bobbsey Twins was the other series where the first volume was personally written by Edward Stratemeyer.

This only applies to the original text for The Bobbsey Twins; or, Merry Days Indoors and Out as it was published by Mershon in 1904. This book had the most revisions over time, including but not limited to an expansion in 1928, a rewrite in 1950, and a major rewrite in 1961. There were also later abridgments.

Indeed, the first three Bobbsey Twins books had rewrites in 1950 and 1961. The 1950 revisions were done to address both old-fashioned content and issues where the publishers failed to renew the copyrights, letting several other firms issue unauthorized (“pirated”) editions of the original public domain texts, usually at cheap prices for the dime store marketplace. The publisher, Grosset & Dunlap, asked for the rewrites.

The 1961 revisions were part of a project to reorient the series from scenes of home life to mysteries suitable for younger readers in the hopes that they might next discover the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew. Often the titles were changed.

As a long series there are many formats over time and only a few are shown here.

Some late formats like the purple spine pictorial cover format are a challenge for collectors since not all 72 titles can be found in it. Many titles were dropped from the series since the publisher did not find it profitable to keep the old texts in print in the new format. Most booksellers did not keep a full run of these books in stock and sales of the Bobbsey Twins were a fraction of those for the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew.

The list below includes the original text for each of the titles published by Grosset & Dunlap.

1. The Bobbsey Twins; or, Merry Days Indoors and Out (1904)
2. The Bobbsey Twins in the Country (1907)
3. The Bobbsey Twins at the Seashore (1907)
4. The Bobbsey Twins at School (1913)
5. The Bobbsey Twins at Snow Lodge (1913)
6. The Bobbsey Twins on a Houseboat (1915)
7. The Bobbsey Twins at Meadowbrook (1915)
8. The Bobbsey Twins at Home (1916)
9. The Bobbsey Twins in a Great City (1917)
10. The Bobbsey Twins on Blueberry Island (1917)
11. The Bobbsey Twins on the Deep Blue Sea (1918)
12. The Bobbsey Twins in Washington (1919)
13. The Bobbsey Twins in the Great West (1920)
14. The Bobbsey Twins at Cedar Camp (1921)
15. The Bobbsey Twins at the County Fair (1922)
16. The Bobbsey Twins Camping Out (1923)
17. The Bobbsey Twins and Baby May (1924)
18. The Bobbsey Twins Keeping House (1925)
19. The Bobbsey Twins at Clover Bank (1926)
20. The Bobbsey Twins at Cherry Corners (1927)
21. The Bobbsey Twins and their Schoolmates (1928)
22. The Bobbsey Twins Treasure Hunting (1929)
23. The Bobbsey Twins at Spruce Lake (1930)
24. The Bobbsey Twins Wonderful Secret (1931)
25. The Bobbsey Twins at the Circus (1932)
26. The Bobbsey Twins on an Airplane Trip (1933)
27. The Bobbsey Twins Solve a Mystery (1934)
28. The Bobbsey Twins on a Ranch (1935)
29. The Bobbsey Twins in Eskimo Land (1936)
30. The Bobbsey Twins in a Radio Play (1937)
31. The Bobbsey Twins at Windmill Cottage (1938)
32. The Bobbsey Twins at Lighthouse Point (1939)
33. The Bobbsey Twins at Indian Hollow (1940)
34. The Bobbsey Twins at the Ice Carnival (1941)
35. The Bobbsey Twins in the Land of Cotton (1942)
36. The Bobbsey Twins in Echo Valley (1943)
37. The Bobbsey Twins on the Pony Trail (1944)
38. The Bobbsey Twins at Mystery Mansion (1945)
39. The Bobbsey Twins at Sugar Maple Hill (1946)
40. The Bobbsey Twins in Mexico (1947)
41. The Bobbsey Twins Toy Shop (1948)
42. The Bobbsey Twins in Tulip Land (1949)
43. The Bobbsey Twins in Rainbow Valley (1950)
44. The Bobbsey Twins Own Little Railroad (1951)
45. The Bobbsey Twins at Whitesail Harbor (1952)
46. The Bobbsey Twins and the Horseshoe Riddle (1953)
47. The Bobbsey Twins at Big Bear Pond (1953)
48. The Bobbsey Twins on a Bicycle Trip (1954)
49. The Bobbsey Twins Own Little Ferryboat (1956)
50. The Bobbsey Twins at Pilgrim Rock (1957)
51. The Bobbsey Twins Forest Adventure (1958)
52. The Bobbsey Twins at London Tower (1959)
53. The Bobbsey Twins in the Mystery Cave (1960)
54. The Bobbsey Twins in Volcano Land (1961)
55. The Bobbsey Twins and the Goldfish Mystery (1962)
56. The Bobbsey Twins and the Big River Mystery (1963)
57. The Bobbsey Twins and the Greek Hat Mystery (1964)
58. The Bobbsey Twins Search for the Green Rooster (1965)
59. The Bobbsey Twins and their Camel Adventure (1966)
60. The Bobbsey Twins Mystery of the King’s Puppet (1967)
61. The Bobbsey Twins and the Secret of Candy Castle (1968)
62. The Bobbsey Twins and the Doodlebug Mystery (1969)
63. The Bobbsey Twins and the Talking Fox Mystery (1970)
64. The Bobbsey Twins and the Red, White & Blue Mystery (1971)
65. The Bobbsey Twins Dr. Funnybone’s Secret (1972)
66. The Bobbsey Twins and the Tagalong Giraffe (1973)
67. The Bobbsey Twins and the Flying Clown (1974)
68. The Bobbsey Twins on the Sun-Moon Cruise (1975)
69. The Bobbsey Twins The Freedom Bell Mystery (1976)
70. The Bobbsey Twins and the Smoky Mountain Mystery (1977)
71. The Bobbsey Twins in a TV Mystery Show (1978)
72. The Bobbsey Twins The Coral Turtle Mystery (1979)

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